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Last Updated: Monday, 30 October 2006, 12:31 GMT
The Ashes - a modern history

The Ashes Urn

One of sport's most celebrated rivalries, the Ashes dates back to 1882. Australia have won three more series than England

Ian Botham in 1981

For many, the Ashes sparked into life 25 years ago, when Ian Botham produced some heroic deeds as England won in 1981

Allan Border

The same series witnessed the emergence of Australian great Allan Border, who amassed 3,548 runs in 47 Ashes Tests

Ian Botham (back to camera) hugs Ian Gould as Chris Tavare and Geoff Miller look on

Australia won back the Ashes on home soil in 1982-83, but England won a stunning match in Melbourne by three runs

Richard Ellison celebrates as he bowls Australia star Allan Border

England's win in 1985 featured unsung stars such as bowler Richard Ellison. He was man of the match at Edgbaston

John Emburey and Mike Gatting

Loyal England servants through the 80s, John Emburey and Mike Gatting celebrate during the successful '86-'87 defence

The Australian dressing-room after one of four Ashes victories in 1989

But in 1989, Australia won by an emphatic 4-0 margin in a summer that afforded plenty of time for celebration

Gower and Morris do a photo shoot after their Tiger Moth flight

When David Gower and John Morris took to the skies in Queensland, England were sliding to defeat in '90-'91

Shane Warne bowling in his first Test in England, at Old Trafford

Shane Warne arrived for the '93 Ashes as a raw novice. He left England with 34 wickets as England were thrashed 4-1

Graham Gooch at Perth airport

England were by now used to defeats, though media interest remained keen for Graham Gooch's tourists in 1994-95

Glenn McGrath with his then fiancee (now wife) Jane

Another series, another star. The punishingly accurate Glenn McGrath took 36 wickets at an average of 19.47 in 1997

Michael Slater

Australia won a sixth series on the trot in '98-99. Michael Slater's vital century in Brisbane set the ball rolling

Steve Waugh

In 2001, Steve Waugh scored a century in the final Test at The Oval with a torn hamstring. Australia won again

Brett Lee

England were a shambles in '02-03, and Brett Lee exploited the fast, bouncy Perth surface to make the Poms suffer

Andrew Flintoff celebrates his century at Trent Bridge in 2005

Finally, in a series filled with incredible tension, the brilliant Andrew Flintoff helped deliver an England victory in '05





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